Tuesday, March 4 | 3:30 - 4:45 PM
A healthy community promotes physical activity, social cohesion and contact with natural areas through the design of its built environment.
Doctors advise their patients on how they can stay healthy. In many ways, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) provides the same advice to communities. This advice helps communities make informed choices about improving public health through community design.
HIA is a process that helps evaluate the potential health effects of a plan, project or policy before it is built or implemented. An HIA can provide recommendations to increase positive health outcomes and minimize adverse health outcomes. HIA brings potential public health impacts and considerations to the decision-making process for plans, projects, and policies that fall outside the traditional public health arenas, such as transportation and land use.
Mr. Stepner has more than thirty-five years of experience in leading, managing, and participating in comprehensive planning programs and the development of public policy. During his 27-year tenure with the City of San Diego, from 1971 to 1997, he was responsible for myriad projects and programs, including the city’s general plan and growth management efforts and the preparation of community plans for both older and newly developing communities. His diverse experience includes advising other cities in addition to the education of people wishing to learn more about cities, city planning, and urban design. He was director of Land Use and Housing for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation from August 2001 to August 2003 and serves as professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and as adjunct faculty at Woodbury University in San Diego and University of California San Diego. In addition, he serves on the faculty of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Academy for Neuroscience and Architecture, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Active Living, Planning, and Environmental Study.
Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH
Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he teaches courses on healthy community design and on health impact assessment. He is also a consultant to and formerly Team Leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research and teaching has focused on examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment.